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Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Early Cases Collection [Blu-ray]
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Now remastered & in original U.K. broadcast order As seen on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery! Agatha Christie’s most famous sleuth is on the case in these 45 mysteries from the first six series of the television phenomenon. David Suchet makes “a near-perfect Poirot” (USA Today) as the beloved Belgian detective in these newly remastered adaptations. THE MYSTERIES The Adventure of the Clapham Cook Murder in the Mews The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly Four and Twenty Blackbirds The Third Floor Flat Triangle at Rhodes Problem at Sea The Incredible Theft The King of Clubs The Dream Peril at End House The Veiled Lady The Lost Mine The Cornish Mystery The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim Double Sin The Adventure of the Cheap Flat The Kidnapped Prime Minister The Adventure of the Western Star The Mysterious Affair at Styles How Does Your Garden Grow? The Million Dollar Bond Robbery The Plymouth Express Wasps’ Nest The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor The Double Clue The Mystery of the Spanish Chest The Theft of the Royal Ruby The Affair at the Victory Ball The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge The ABC Murders Death in the Clouds One, Two, Buckle My Shoe The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb The Underdog Yellow Iris The Case of the Missing Will The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman The Chocolate Box Dead Man’s Mirror Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan Hercule Poirot’s Christmas Hickory Dickory Dock Murder on the Links Dumb Witness Mysteries previously released on DVD
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.85 x 5.3 x 3 inches; 1.45 Pounds
- Item model number : AMP8829
- Director : Edward Bennett, Renny Rye
- Media Format : NTSC, Blu-ray
- Run time : 47 hours
- Release date : October 23, 2012
- Actors : David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Hugh Frasier
- Studio : ACORN MEDIA
- ASIN : B008N8A3O4
- Number of discs : 13
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I have long favored the early seasons of Poirot, finding the later seasons far darker, both in image quality and content. These 45 episodes are to me, anyway, what Agatha would want. When the producers dropped the marvelous art deco intro and went darker and grainier with far more contrast I felt they had decided to go "modern" and play to a younger audience. That leaves this eighty year old Agatha Christie fan slightly annoyed (of course, most everything annoys me these days.)
Still, I might ultimately buy the rest of the episodes in Blu Ray, if only to have the complete collection, sitting proudly beside my remastered Joan Hickson Miss Marple set.
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There are issues with colour changes. On occasion the colour tone will shift mid scene. Also there are times when the sharpness isn't as good as I would like. Are the Blu-rays up to the highest quality possible now? Of course not, but none of these issues changes the fact that the Blu-rays are much superior to the DVDs.
It was not long before I knew that I had to own every bit of David Suchet's Poirot but while I was ready to do the work to find out which episodes are in which collection, I was not ready to shell out a bunch of money to buy them individually. The release of Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Early Cases is a gift from above. In the order of the original U.K. broadcast, it collects the first 6 series in 6 individual cases (with 3 DVDs in each case) in a lovely outer box. They are great for someone who does not have any of the earlier DVDs but they are also perfect for those who are seeking an upgrade. I have watched some of the original versions from the library so I can compare. The new DVDs are remastered, making the picture quality much more crisp and best of all they now come with subtitles. The DVD menu is also different with a polished new look and easy navigation capability.
At one point I was thinking of waiting until they come out with Poirot: The Complete Collection but series 13 is yet to be aired, which is the last one but who could wait that long? Also, I am not sure if there will ever be a North American release of the complete collection. Acorn Media holds the rights to series 1 - 6 and 11 - 13, while A&E owns series 7 - 10, which are 12 feature length movies. So in addition to the Early Cases I have also purchased Agatha Christie Poirot: Definitive Collection , which collects series 7 - 10. Here's to hoping after series 13 Acorn releases Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Later Cases, collecting the remaining series.
Highly, highly recommended.